Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Flu Vaccination

NHS Western Isles is strongly urging everyone eligible, to take up the free flu vaccination This year, for the first time, this includes social care workers, those living in the same house as people who have been shielding from COVID-19, and 55-64 year olds

Also those aged 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, children aged between two and five years, primary school children and health care workers are eligible.

The vaccination programme has already started for health and social care workers in the Western Isles. From the beginning of October, NHS will be offering vaccination appointments to most other eligible groups. People aged 55-64 years will be invited for their free flu vaccine in December.

Letters will be issued shortly by NHS Western Isles inviting you to make an appointment for your flu vaccination. Contact details to make your appointment will be included in your letter. In line with the new GP contract and primary care reform, vaccinations will now be carried out by community nurses rather than by practice nurses. NHS will be offering appointments at a range of community locations near to your own home, as well as in local GP surgeries, to make things easier and more convenient for our local communities.

There will be strict infection prevention and control measures in place to ensure flu immunisation is done in the safest way possible.

Primary school pupils throughout the islands will be offered the flu vaccination administered by the local school nursing team, during October and November. Most of these school children will receive the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray, avoiding the need for an injection. Consent forms have been sent home in school bags for all primary pupils, with parents and carers urged to return the form with consent to ensure their child is protected against flu this winter.


Na Hearadh Agus Ceann A Deas Nan Loch By-Election -8 OCTOBER 2020

The By-Election to elect a councillor to serve the ward of Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch will be held on Thursday 8 October 2020.

Applications for postal votes and Proxy Votes must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm today Wednesday 23 September 2020.



Food Bank Contact Details

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar would like to thank all foodbank volunteers across the Western Isles for their dedication and hard work..
It is vital that anyone who requires the use of a food bank is aware of the services available. Relevant contact details for these services can be found on the Council website or from Customer Services.

Bràighe Camera Live on Comhairle Website

Images captured by the CNES installed Bràighe roadside monitoring station can now be viewed on the Comhairle website.

The Roadside Camera Station will provide the travelling public, Emergency services and decision makers with more visual information. This will allow them to make better informed decisions on safe travel along the Bràighe in winter months during periods of high tide and stormy weather.

The camera can measure wind speed and direction and limited visibility night time images are also possible as a result of an infra-red camera. Images are currently updated at ten minute intervals but will soon be regenerated every minute.



Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which takes place on Friday 25th September.

Mr Cameron said: "Many of the fundraising activities that charities like Macmillan Cancer undertake, have been affected by the pandemic. Anyone can participate in the World's Biggest Coffee morning, and in so doing support the people who deliver cancer care and the people who benefit from that care.
2020 is the 30th anniversary of Macmillan's biggest fundraising event of the year. Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place on Friday 25 September.


Leverburgh Community Hub

Leverhulme Community Hub have been successful in their Scottish Land Fund stage 2 application. The award of just under £50k will allow the community to purchase the old school block in Leverburgh and transform it into a much needed community hub.
There are also some funds allocated for a development officer post and repair work.

By using this award to purchase the old Leverhulme Primary School,. It will support the community with their plan to create a community centre with cafe, self-service laundrette, charity shop, gym, Post Office and museum of Gaelic language, culture and Harris Tweed.


The Hebridean Community Garden Project

The Hebridean Community Garden project, a joint venture between Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre, has had a welcome funding injection of £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund

Explaining the circumstances surrounding the gardening project, Donald ‘Ba’ Macdonald of the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre said: “For some years, we’ve had ambitions to develop a community growing project on a part of the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre land. “The local demand for a project of this nature was emphasised by the success of a specific and very well-attended ‘grow your own’ workshop in February this year. Against that background, we are delighted with the positive outcome of our application to the National Lottery Community Fund, and
with the help provided by the Urras Ghabhsainn with the application process.”